Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks made the All Star team for the Eastern Conference, however his selection may have come at the expense of two former Gators.
Al Horford made the team over former Gator Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls and former Gator David Lee of the New York Knicks. Noah and Horford of course helped lead Florida to back-to-back National Titles in 2006 and 2007. Lee played at Florida from 2001-2005.
Both Lee and Noah have better numbers than Horford. Lee is averaging 19.6ppg and 11.6rpg. Noah is having a breakout season with 11.3ppg and 12.1rpg (last year he averaged 6.7ppg and 7.5rpg). Noah is second in the league in rebounding while Lee is fourth.
Horford is getting 13.6ppg and 9.8rpg.
However, Horford is a key player on a contender. His Atlanta Hawks are 29-15 and are tied for the lead in the Southeast Division. Noah's Bulls are 22-22, while Lee's Knicks are 18-27.
This is the main reason why Horford will be playing in the All-Star game in Dallas on February 14th, while Lee and Noah will be spending Valentine's Day at home.